Monday, 5 December 2011

A dozen delightful dust jackets

I've always loved the Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton and the artwork by Dorothy Wheeler perfectly complements the stories. Six in a castle illustrated by Isabel Veevers appeals to me because the little dog on the jacket reminds me of ‘Peggy’ a childhood pet. The Bobbsey Twins at London tower  is another favourite mostly because of the bright scarlet tunic of the beefeater and the children’s eager faces. The above books are now sold, thank you for your interest.

I haven’t read the hiding place by Winifred Mantle and have no idea what the four children are looking at – but I keep promising myself I will read it and find out. The artwork is by Rosemary Hird.  The starlight barking is the follow up to the 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith with artwork by the wonderful Janet & Anne Grahame Johnstone. Edward Ardizzone’s dust jacket for the James Reeves story book makes me want to open the pages and start reading. Alice Bush provided the dust jacket artwork for the Master of Maryknoll.
The starlight barking and the James Reeves story book are now sold, thank you for your interest.

Masquerade at the Wells is one of my childhood favourites and the Eva Guthrie artwork is just beautiful. Seven white gates is another book by Malcolm Saville but this time the artwork is by Bertram Prance. Enid Blyton’s Rubbalong tales is illustrated by Norman Meredith. The golden staircase is a collection of poems for children chosen by Louey Chisholm and illustrated by C. E. & H. M. Brock. Seven white gates, Rubbalong Tales and the golden staircase are now sold, thank you for your interest.

These are just a few of my favourite dust jackets - do you have a favourite?

Update July 2016: March House books closed on my retirement in 2015, but I do still blog here at March of Time Books and always appreciate your visit. 


  1. Did you see the Orlando art work on Anrique Road show last Night? Heather

  2. barbaraannefisher5 December 2011 at 12:58

    I did and was very envious – I would love to own it. I liked the drawing done looking down on the cows but I don’t remember it in the book and don’t have a copy to check.

  3. I loved the Sadler's Wells stories and the beautiful covers were a large part of the appeal of the books. All of these are wonderful though and I think an enticing cover went such a long way towards making the stories all the more delicious.

  4. barbaraannefisher5 December 2011 at 19:07

    I completely agree! I can even forgive a mediocre story if it’s wrapped in a beautiful cover.

  5. Patricia Blomeley-Maddigan5 December 2011 at 20:16

    While I was not a big fan of The Bobbsey Twins, I do have "The Bobbsey twins at London Tower" - with the shiny red coat!!


  6. I love the ballerina on the 'Masquerade'. How precious.

  7. barbaraannefisher6 December 2011 at 16:34

    Hello Patricia
    I must admit I’m not a fan of the stories – but I do like the dust jackets.
    Thanks for calling in.

  8. barbaraannefisher6 December 2011 at 16:42

    Hi Donna, Thanks for calling in. I used to spend hours dreaming about being a ballerina when I was young - never happened - but I can still dream.

  9. May I pick more than one? I really love The Enchanted Woods, The Starlight Barking and Rubbalong Tales. The Golden Staircase looks fun, too.

  10. barbaraannefisher7 December 2011 at 11:06

    Hi Claudine, you can pick as many as you like. I love them all but the faraway series are probably my favourites. They look lovely all lined up on a book shelf.

  11. And more beautiful pictures! Just lovely!

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

  12. barbaraannefisher10 December 2011 at 16:19

    Glad you like them.


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